The house

Hello, I am Zoe.  I am in Japan right now.  We have a house and I like it.

We (my sister and I) have a bunk bed. There is a little ladder that has four steps and then you have to climb over the rail of the bed. I just discovered how to climb up the side of the bed. We got the bed yesterday. I sleep on the top. Tiny sleeps on the bottom.

My house has a secret tea room. There are two ways to get outside. There is a secret crawling door and a door that you have to open three layers to get out. One is a door you have to latch open, the next is a screen door, and the next one you have to lift up and down. The tea room is tatami and a little bit of wood. There are three closets but there is a pantry outside the tearoom in the closet that leads into the tearoom. The tearoom is traditional Japanese. We go there for privacy and sometimes to play. There is a hiding spot that you need a person who is outside to close.

The only shower we have, the whole room that it’s in is the shower place. There is also a bathtub, but we use the whole room to take a shower. We call it the shower room.

My mom and dad’s room is all tatami. Tatami is thin and kind of looks like long pieces of spaghetti tied together.  You put tatami on the floor instead of carpet. There is a little platform that is wood.

There are a lot of closets in our house.

We have a small, but bigger back yard than our neighbors. The back yard has some Japanese things.  There are stone statues and bushes. There is no dirt, just rocks. There is a stone pathway that leads to a little patch in the front of the house that is a driveway. I like the backyard. It has rocks to play on.

I’ll post more later. If you want to ask questions you can in the comments.

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Picture time

Considering the art at the museum.

Explaining the art.

Enjoying some In n’ Out.

With her new tiger Schroby.

And now, some pictures Z took herself with her new camera (thanks Grandma!)

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Overheard recently

While holding up a slinky  – one end in each hand.

“Momma! Wouldn’t it be wonderful if there was a little girl down on the sidewalk, and she looked up at the window and I was holding this and it would look like a rainbow, and she would smile? That would be happiness. I think that silver is the color of happiness for me.”


“Momma, when I have children, we will have three days when we don’t do anything. And then on Mondays we will have preschool. And on three days we will go places. Like adventures. But Momma! Who will be my children???”


Zoe says Family Prayer

Zoe has been saying her own nightly prayers for a while now, but after reading a book during Sacrament Meeting about Choosing the Right, she’s been extra dilligent about saying her “own prays”. Tonight I reminded her that the book included a family saying a family prayer in addition to the little girl saying her own prayer, and she decided we should say a family prayer.

So Bruce and I went into her room (Audrey was asleep already) and we all knelt down and I asked her who should say the family prayer. She proclaimed that she would say it, and I fully expected to hear her nightly prayer, which I expected she would then say again for her “own” prayer.

Instead, this is what we heard, as B and I listened in partial shock, partial dying of adorableness:

“Heavenly Fathen, thank you for this day, blessing I can be too-geger (together) with my family, blessing we can sleep well, in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.”

And no, that’s not a typo, she pronounces it “Fathen”.

Too awesome? Too awesome.

And just for the record, this is her nightly prayer:
“Heavenly Fathen, thank you for this day, blessing I can sleep well and Tiny too, in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.”

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What Z’s up to these days

Here’s a little snapshot- or 15- of what Z is up to these days.

She’s turning 3 in 75 days. Doesn’t she look grown up?

Her hair is crazy long and goes really funny curly when it’s been up in puff balls:

She loves going to Starbucks. Her regular order is a vanilla scone and chocolate milk, but she’ll go with a croissant too.

She still enjoys playing in the baby pool, but is wary of the big pool. Swimming lessons ahead. (editor’s note: she knows how to swim, she just forgot about it over the winter -the daddy)

She loves the play ground:

More to come later. :)

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